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Flanders Make

Research Manager for the DecisionS team

To enable growth in research, Flanders Make is looking for a Research Manager for the DecisionS core lab.

The core lab DecisionS develops new monitoring, control and decision-making algorithms to improve the performance and efficiency of vehicles, machines and robots. Your team has expertise in control, condition monitoring, path planning, computer vision...


You will develop a Centre of Excellence. Based on our research roadmap, you will define research projects and guarantee their excellent execution. You will work together for this with the core labs of the Flemish universities and ensure that the project results are used by top companies within the manufacturing industry. You will further expand your team and the research infrastructure.

More concretely, you will:

  • Create a technological vision for your team's research;
  • Lead and continue to develop a team of some 60 researchers;
  • Define research projects and infrastructure projects aimed at technological developments in top companies within the manufacturing industry;
  • Guarantee an excellent execution of these projects;
  • Actively seek funding for your research through subsidy programmes or bilateral partnerships with companies;
  • Manage IP and be responsible for knowledge management;
  • Strengthen the cooperation with other core labs and with the relevant companies, both multinationals and innovative SMEs;
  • Create and report on KPIs that demonstrate the industrial relevance and scientific excellence of the research (e.g. implementation of technology by companies, collaboration with companies, scientific publications, international collaboration and recognition);
  • Report to the R&D Manager.


  • You have a PhD or master's degree in a relevant technological domain;
  • You have management experience in research and innovation;
  • You are a born people manager who can inspire top researchers and make them excel;
  • You can convert strategy and vision into projects and execute them excellently;
  • You are able to build sustainable relationships;
  • You underwrite the values of Flanders Make and act accordingly.

Core labs are coordinated from Leuven, Lommel or Kortrijk.

  • Location: Lommel, Kortrijk or Leuven


For more information:
at the number: +32 16 910 614 (Ma-di-woe-do: 9u-16u)
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